If you're traveling through the region of Puglia in Italy, you might come across colorful ceramic flower buds on balconies, stairs, and in gardens. These charming glazed ceramic creations, shaped like flower buds with acanthus leaves at the base, are called "pumi." The term "pumo" comes from the Latin word "pomum," meaning fruit, and is believed to have roots in honoring the pagan goddess Pomona, who was associated with fruit, olives, and grapes. Pumi are meant to represent life and abundance, as well as prosperity, and immortality. They are often placed on balconies or in homes as a way to ward off evil and bring good luck.